Year of Call: 2012
Tony joined Central Chambers in April 2018 following an offer to undertake common law pupillage and, upon completion of his pupillage, he was offered tenancy with Central Chambers. Through pupillage, he specialised in criminal law.
Before starting his career at the Bar, Tony obtained experience in many diverse and complex areas of law. He has worked as a freelance County Court advocate, representing clients before District Judges across the North West daily in a wide range of civil applications. He later joined a local Citizens Advice Bureau as a debt caseworker, drawing from his previous court experience to advise and represent clients in one of the most deprived communities in Greater Manchester. Tony has also worked as a paralegal in the General Medical Council’s in-house legal team, assisting with fitness to practise investigations and Medical Practitioners Tribunal proceedings.
Tony therefore brings a wealth of experience with him to the Bar in fields including crime, contract, commercial, housing (including rent & mortgage possession), insolvency, personal injury, regulatory & professional discipline, welfare benefits, enforcement proceedings, and costs.
Tony has obtained a great deal of experience assisting in the preparation and conduct of hearings in the criminal courts. During his pupillage Tony shadowed barristers prosecuting and defending at trials before Magistrates’ Courts and worked on cases at the Crown Court involving allegations of serious violence, drugs and sexual offences.
Since beginning his career as a professional advocate, Tony has expanded on his diverse advocacy and advisory experience in practice. He has appeared in Magistrates’ Courts, Youth Courts, the County Court and the Crown Court dealing with a range of allegations including road traffic offences, anti-social behaviour, offences against public order, and domestic violence.
Tony also has experience of protest cases involving complex points of law under the Human Rights Act 1998 and is eager to develop his practice further in this field.
In addition to his criminal practice Tony has a strong interest in regulatory proceedings, with experience of appearing before local authority Licensing Panels, the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court in relation to licensing matters.
To instruct Tony, please contact his clerks.
Operation Dreadnaught (2019) – Led by Benjamin Knight in a large-scale trafficking of Class A drugs.
R v RD (2018) – Prosecuting
Secured conviction for common assault in a domestic violence context despite the primary complainant attending as a witness in support of the Defendant.
R v EH (2018) – Defending
Defendant charged with assault, affray, and having a bladed article in a public place. Negotiation resulted in the Crown offering no evidence in relation to the bladed article (the most serious charge on the indictment). Defendant pleaded guilty to the remaining charges and received a community order where sentencing guidelines indicated a custodial sentence.
R v SK (2018) – Prosecuting
Secured conviction for common assault in a domestic violence context despite the primary complainant giving a retraction statement departing significantly from their initial account.
R v CT (2019) – Defending
Defendant accused of threats to kill and assaults in a domestic violence context (facing a 2-year custodial sentence). Complainant did not attend at trial. Prosecution sought to rely on an account given on body-worn video as res gestae. Successfully argued (in accordance with Wills ) that the Prosecution should not be permitted to rely upon res gestae as there appeared to be no good reason for the Complainant’s absence. The Prosecution were forced to offer no evidence and the Defendant was acquitted of all charges.
R v OW (2019) – Defending
Defendant pleaded guilty to multiple counts of fraud totalling in excess of £100,000.00. Sentencing guidelines indicated an immediate custodial sentence of 3-4 years. Following mitigation, the Defendant received a 2-year custodial sentence suspended for 2 years.
R v JB (2018) – Defending
Plea-in-mitigation for driving with excess alcohol. Successfully persuaded the Magistrates to depart from sentencing guidelines to impose a fine as opposed to a high-level community order.
R v AB (2018) – Prosecuting
Secured conviction for driving with excess alcohol in a trial involving expert back-calculation evidence.
R v TD (2018) – Defending
Defendant guilty of using a mobile phone whilst driving who “totted” 12 points and was facing a 6-month disqualification. Successfully argued that this would cause exceptional hardship and prevented the Defendant from being disqualified.
R v DXR (a company) (2019) – Defending
Defendant company on trial for failing to give information as to the identify of the driver of a vehicle under s.172 Road Traffic Act 1988. Defendant was acquitted.
Salford City Council v CA (2018) – Respondent
Represented the operator of a local taxi licensing firm before the Licensing Regulatory Panel. Successfully persuaded the Panel that the operator remained a fit and proper person to hold an operator’s licence.
York City Council v AH (2019) – Defendant
Defended a private hire taxi driver facing allegations of unlawfully plying for hire and driving without insurance. Informant was a rival hackney carriage driver who had attempted to incite the Defendant into offending. Following cross-examination, successfully applied to exclude the informant’s evidence as having been obtained in circumstances of entrapment. Prosecution was forced to offer no evidence and the Defendant was acquitted of all charges.
Memberships and Appointments
2011 –2012: Nottingham Trent University
BPTC – Very Competent
Outstanding results in Criminal Litigation, Civil Litigation, and Opinion Writing
2007 –2010: Bangor University
LLB Law (Hons) – First Class
What Tony’s Clients say:
Mr Anthony Williams was very professional and sympathetic in my case. Mr Williams went through all the procedure from the start to the end. Without [Tony] standing up for us we don't know what would have happened. Without his assistance I don't think the outcome would have been as good as it turned out to be.
I was represented in Northallerton Court facing a 6-month totting up ban. Several emails and telephone conversations later and a court appearance and I still have my licence. I am extremely happy with the outcome of the case and would wholeheartedly recommend Anthony Williams for any driving offences that you're facing.
I was represented at Leeds Magistrates Court today 03/12/18 by Tony Williams, I found him to be highly professional and honest with me, my personal opinion is that Tony did an outstanding job for me today in court and I am more than satisfied.
Tony provided great counsel during a road traffic case raised against my business. He presented our case well, got into the detail, and the representation was excellent. A just and fair outcome of not guilty was reached.
I thought Tony was outstanding in his explanation of what was going to happen and was in total control, inside the court he was again outstanding, and I felt from his explanations to the court I couldn’t have been better represented.
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